Parent Update Announcements


posted Mar 23, 2017, 11:46 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  I just came from a “concert” down in our Band Room where Paul Warnick’s Unified Arts class, Rock Band, put on their final performance.  As always, they were impressive; it is amazing how quickly Mr. Warnick can get them to form a band.  And they warmed my heart by playing tunes by the Beatles and the Stones!

From our school nurse, Beth Haddock:  Four batches of EpiPens have been recalled due to failure to activate.  All EpiPens kept in the Health Office have been checked and are unaffected.  Please check any that you may have at home for yourself or family members to ensure that they are still good to use.  Follow this link for more information (batch numbers, instructions, etc.).

I have attached the flyer for this summer’s Theatre Camp here at GMS.  This is a great opportunity for promising thespians to work with Mr. Demko on their dramatic skills.

Also attached, is the flyer for this year’s PTA Poetry Contest.  Poets can show off their talents and maybe even win an award!  The deadline to submit (to your Language Arts teacher) is April 18th.

We’ll try again:  The 7th & 8th grade dance will be held next Friday (3/31) from 6:30-8:00.  Hopefully, weather and last minute scheduling conflicts will not impede us this time!

From now until April 3rd, the Gilford Athletic Boosters are opening their online clothing store.  Please follow this link for GMS & GHS apparel. 

Middle school tennis will begin with a meeting on April 12th right after school in the gym lobby.  Chess Club will resume its schedule (this time on Thursdays) beginning April 20th.

Tip from the Middle Years*   No more “I can’t” – Your child might get rid of his “I can’ts” by putting them on paper.  He could write, “I can’t do this math formula’ or “I’m not good at basketball.”  Then, have him tear the paper into pieces and throw them away.  He may find that this actions gives him a fresh start.  Also, encourage him to add the word “yet” when he says he can’t do something.  For example, “I can’t do that math formula, yet” or “I’m not good at 3-pointers, yet.”  That will remind him that it’s a matter of time and effort until he can.

Thank you and hope you have a happy Friday!



*Resources for Educators, February 2017

Attachments available for 30 days until Saturday, April 22, 2017:
SUMMER CAMP FLYER 2017 (1).pdf


posted Mar 20, 2017, 5:58 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  We had another successful Winter Carnival today up at Gunstock and over at the Merrill Fay Ice Arena.  The kids were in great spirit and should sleep well tonight!

Interested in having your child participate in a spring sport?  I have attached 3 attachments one each for Lakes Region Tennis Association, Cal Ripken Baseball and Lakes Region Lacrosse.  There is also a Gilford Youth Softball Clinic on March 12, 19, 26 and April 2 (ages 3 ½ to 7 from 11:30-12:30 and ages 8-13 from 10:00-11:30) here at Gilford.  There will also be a spring sports meeting for parents to meet the coaches on March 14 at 6:00 in our cafeteria.

Next Thursday at 6:00, the folks at Gilford PTA and Gilford Together are sponsoring, “The Anonymous People” presentation to be held at the GES cafeteria.  This is a documentary film about the over 23 million living in long-term recovery and the emerging public recovery movement that will transform how alcohol and other drug challenges are dealt with in our communities.

Parent tip from the Middle Years*:  “Now hear this”  Active listening skills will make your middle grader an effective communicator through-out life.  Model these skills by looking at him/her then they talk to you and repeating what they say to show that you understood.  And have conversations about topics he’s interested in so they practice speaking and listening.

I hope you were able to check out the article in this week’s Gilford Steamer about the great things happening here at GMS.  If not, please let me know and I can email you the article.

Thank you and have a great weekend!





*Resources for Educators, March 2017


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, April 09, 2017:
LRLC 2017.pdf
CRB 2017 Registration Form.pdf


posted Mar 16, 2017, 4:13 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  I hope that you came through yesterday’s storm unscathed.  I know that there were some trees down on the roads; I had one in my driveway but a friendly neighbor helped me get rid of it!

Congratulations to the following students (and their topics) who have qualified to advance to the state level of the National History Day competition held at PSU on April 1st:  Kendall Jones (The Eradication of Small Pox), Angie Bonnell (Edith Wilson), Thomas Cain (Treaty of Portsmouth), Matthew Farrah (John Lennon), Shushu Sawyer (Arabic Numerical System; Fibonacci), Alaina Osburn (Clara Barton), Kaelan O’Connor (Robert G. Shaw), Emma Tierno & Jacqueline Nash (the Federalist Papers), Mae Kenney (Susan B. Anthony), and Kathryn Osburn (Anne Sullivan).  Kyle Brent (Rosa Parks) and Kat Mitchell (Governor Phips) are alternates.

I have attached two items to this email.  The first is regarding tomorrow night’s “Anonymous People” showing at the Elementary School (6:00) sponsored by the PTA and Gilford Together.  There will be pizza, vegetables and fruit and a panel of experts for open discussion after the film.  The panel experts will be Judge James Carroll, Jacqui Abikoff (Director of Horizons), Laconia Prosecutor Attorney James Sawyer (he ain’t heavy, he’s my brother; I’m the heavy one….), Melissa Fernald (MLADC), Nate Walters (recovery court participant and GHS graduate), GPD Lt. Kris Kelley, and Kerri Lowe from the Partnership for Public Health.

The second attachment is in regards to a summer program available to middle schoolers, Aerospace Career Education (ACE), that will be held at the Laconia Airport.  The topics/strands to choose from are Space Academy, Air Traffic Control, Emergency Services, and Aerospace Manufacturing/Engineering.  For further questions please contact our own Andrea Damato or Dan Caron at the high school.

We sent a team of students and teachers to the annual Winni Dip again this year.  Our team raised the most money ($4500k) of all for the NH Special Olympics!  Word has it that the water temperature was warmer than the air temperature; some didn’t want to get out!

The middle school spring coaches meeting has been moved to Tuesday, March 21 at 6:00 in our cafeteria.

If your child was unable to participate in last Friday’s Winter Carnival activity and you would like a refund, please contact Natalie Wyatt in the front office before next Friday (3/26).

Congratulations to Chelsea Sasserson, Kathryn Osborn, Mae Kenny, Maria Uicker, Murphy Harris, Camryn Marshall, Lily Tierno, and Emma Tierno for successfully auditioning in the Broadway Jr. program in New York City over the February vacation.  Brenna O’Connor was also selected an alternate.  There were over 700 students from across the country auditioning and our 8 were part of the 200 who were selected.

Upcoming Events:

Tomorrow:  “Anonymous People” at GES (6:00)

Monday:  8th Grade Field Trip to HUOT/UNH

Tuesday:  8th Grade Field Trip to HUOT/UNH, 7th and 8th Grade Mathalon at Alton (3:30); Gilford Together (6:30)

Thursday:  6th Grade Mathalon at InterLakes (3:00)

Thank you and have a nice rest of the day



Attachments available for 30 days until Friday, April 14, 2017:
Anonymous People Screening Flyer.pdf


posted Feb 23, 2017, 1:00 PM by Natalie Wyatt

Good afternoon.  I hope that this email finds you and your families well.  Perhaps some of you will be visiting exotic locales or majestic mountain peaks over vacation?  I plan on going to Tilton; we have Kohl’s Bucks to spend.….

Someone shared this article with me, “8 things kids need to do by themselves by age 13.”  Click on the link to see how your child would measure up.  I must admit, the author would not be happy with me and Mrs. Sawyer.

On Tuesday we had our first high school/middle school/alumni Unified Basketball game.  It was a great event (including a pot luck supper) that those who played wanted to do this every year.  Look for an article soon in one of the local papers!

Search for the Gilford School District on Facebook for updates regarding academics in all three schools.  Don’t be afraid to “Like” us, too!

Tip from the Middle Years*  E-cig use on the rise:  Fewer middle graders are smoking regular cigarettes these days, but more are turning to electronic smoking devices called e-cigs.  Make sure your tween knows it’s against the law for minors to use them.  Plus, using e-cigs could get them hooked on nicotine (or worse) and start a very unhealthy habit.

Upcoming Events:

Tonight:  PTA/Gilford Together sponsored “High and Seek: Mock Teen Bedroom” program at GES (6:00)

Tomorrow:  Nordic Ski Meet at Sandwich (10:30)

March 6:  School Board Meeting (6:00)

March 7:  PTA Meeting (6:30)

March 10:  Winter Carnival; Grade 7 & 8 Dance (7:00-8:30)

Thank you and have a great vacation!




*Resources for Educators, February 2017


posted Feb 15, 2017, 7:22 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good morning.  I thought I’d share a picture of something we can all look forward to.  It should give us all hope despite tonight’s forecast….

There, doesn’t that just make you feel a little bit better today?

Congratulations to our Boys B Basketball team for winning their post-season tournament here at GMS by defeating Winnisquam.  Tyler Talbot led the team with 21 points while Austin Normandin was hustling all over the court both offensively and defensively.  The entire team put in a solid effort in the win.

Congratulations also to Harry LaFlamme for earning Honorable Mention at the state level of the PTA Reflections program.  Harry earned his honor in the photography category.

I have attached a flyer regarding a STEM program opportunity for middle schoolers hosted by the UNH College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.  I have also attached this month’s edition of the Parks & Rec Newsletter.

Tomorrow we once again host the Unified Basketball Jamboree at 3:00.  Schools from the area will be here to compete and “break bread” together with dinner to follow the hoop action.

This Saturday from 4:00-7:00 is Family Fun Night for GES/GMS families over at the elementary school.  There will be sledding, dancing, arts/crafts, obstacle course, and pizza for sale.

In the same line of thought as the picture above, the new varsity baseball coach, Vint Choiniere, is holding Winter Workout sessions (February 19, 26 and March 5, 12, 19) in the high school gym.  If you have any questions, please contact our AD, Rick Acquiliano.

From The Middle Years*:  Looking ahead to college – It’s not too early to start talking to your tween about higher education.  If you attended college, tell them about your favorite courses and extracurricular activities. Or connect them with a neighbor or family member who’s in college now.  The student could explain what it’s like to apply and choose a school; and maybe even give your youngster a campus tour.

Next Week’s Events:

Saturday = Nordic Ski Meet at Plymouth (10:30)

Monday = Grade 7 & 8 Mathalon Meet at Moultonborough (3:30)

Tuesday = Gilford Together meeting at Gilford Community Church (6:30)

Thursday = High and Seek presentation at GES (6:00)

Friday = Nordic Ski Meet at Sandwich (10:30)


Thank you and have a nice day.  Spring is coming!  I promise….




*Resources for Educators, February 2017



Attachments available for 30 days until Friday, March 17, 2017:
P&R News Feb. '17.pdf
Tech Kid U flyer.pdf


posted Feb 8, 2017, 10:01 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  Going with, it is better to be safe than sorry, we are postponing tomorrow's Winter Carnival event to Friday, March 10.  There are just too many moving parts to cancel in the morning, thus the change.  

Your child's paperwork/money is still good and will apply to the 10th. 

If your child cannot make it on the 10th, please let us know and we will refund your money.  

Those of you who had conflicts tomorrow and were not planning to attend, your child can get the paperwork from the office so they can participate on the 10th.

Thank you for your understanding.  Spring will be here soon.

p.s.  The "A" girls game time in Winnisquam has been swapped; the A team will play first followed by the B team.


posted Feb 8, 2017, 5:42 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good morning.  I will let you know today by 1:00 as to the status of tomorrow's Winter Carnival.  The forecast does not look favorable.  And because of all the logistics, I cannot wait until tomorrow to cancel; it must be done today (or not).  I'll keep you posted...thanks!


posted Feb 8, 2017, 5:26 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good morning.  How about those Patriots?!  It was nice to see how many students came to school yesterday wearing their Patriot gear, proudly.

Speaking of pride, our 7th and 8th grade Math Team has advanced to the State Round of this year’s Math Counts competition by finishing 3rd in last weekend’s regional competition up at Plymouth State University.  Students on the team going to the states are Shushu Sawyer, Mae Kenny, Matthew Farah, and Avery Marshall.  Shushu finished 2nd overall in the individual competition thus earning her a spot in the state competition, as well.  Other members who gave up their Saturday to compete for their school were Bridgette Dahl, Kat Mitchell, Kayla Loureiro, Carson Ormes, and Colby Smith.

Thursday is Winter Carnival Day up at Gunstock Ski Area and at the Merrill Fay Ice Arena.  Students wanting to stay at Gunstock will need a parent to sign them out at the mountain between 1:00-1:30 on the first floor at the main lodge.  Any student wishing to remain at Gunstock with someone other than their parent MUST have parental/guardian permission in WRITING to the office staff before we depart at 8:30 on Thursday.  Any students who is not properly “handed off” to an adult will have to come back to school on the bus.

Next Wednesday (2/15) at the Gilmanton School (6:00) there will be a presentation on mental illness awareness.  Justice John Broderick will be the speaker.  I encourage you to attend as this is an extremely prevalent issue in today’s society and Justice Broderick does an amazing job in his presentation.

No word yet on the status of tonight’s Town Deliberative Session but the School Deliberative Session is still scheduled for Thursday at 7:00 in the high school auditorium.

I have attached a flyer regarding the “Election Day Food Drive.”  This drive will benefit the Gilford Got Lunch program and will take place at the Gilford Youth Center on March 14 (Election Day).

Here’s another chance to order a middle school yearbook for your child.  Just follow this link to the Josten’s website and pre-order a yearbook as well as other merchandise.

A snow day tip from the Middle Years*:  Edible Engineering – Spaghetti “magic”:  How tall can your middle grader make a spaghetti tower that will support a large marshmallow?  She could build it with uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows and then balance a marshmallow on top.  Using what she learned from her first attempt, she can try again and aim higher.

Next week’s events:

Saturday/Sunday:  Boys/Girls A Basketball Tournament at Winnisquam Regional Middle School

Monday:  Unified Basketball at Alton (3:30); School Board Public Hearing on Budget (6:00) at the high school

Wednesday (2/15):  Early Release (12:20); Nordic Ski Meet at Hanover (2:30)

Thursday (2/16):  Alpine Ski Meet at Attitash (9:00); Unified Basketball Jamboree (3:30)

Thank you and have a nice day!


*Resources for Educators, February 2017


posted Feb 3, 2017, 11:54 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Notification from: Gilford Middle School

Good afternoon.  I want to start off by congratulating our cast and crew of “Legally Blonde, Jr.”  for putting on such a great performance last weekend.  I am always so impressed at the talent we have on and behind the stage.  Kudos, once again, to Mr. Demko and Mr. Witham for their dedication and skill in working with our students.

From Nurse Haddock:  If your child carries an inhaler with them during the school day or for sporting events, please make sure their name is on it.  Also, if your child receives immunizations during a doctor’s visit, please forward an updated copy to the health office so their file can be updated.

Not earth-shattering, but attendance to school is important.  I know that “life” happens (athletics, family vacations, sickness, etc) but when your child is out of school they are missing key instruction and even more importantly, classroom discussions with their teachers and peers.  With that said, if you have any planned/scheduled absences for your child, and/or want to request work be collected ahead of time, the families need to put this in writing for the office (not their teachers) either via a written note or email.     

The 6th Grade Math-a-lon Team won their January meet.  They competed against ten other schools and covered topics in whole numbers, decimals, fractions, word problems and geometry.  Every one of our students earned double-digit points in at least one of the categories.

Congrats to our two Spelling Bee finalists, Matthew Farah and Sam Leggett.  Matthew is the school champion while Sam finished second overall and will be the alternate for the state competition. 

The PTA and Gilford Together are once again holding an informational night for parents (no children should attend this event).  “High and Seek” will be presented on Thursday, February 23, at 6:00 at the elementary school.  It is free with pizza provided at 6:00 with the presentation to follow at 6:30.  This is an interactive presentation for adults only, using a “staged teenage bedroom” with indicators and warning signs of teenage risky behaviors, such as drug use and underage drinking.  Participants tour the bedroom, receive training on current drug and alcohol trends, what to look for, and techniques for communicating with teens. 

The PTA is also hosting a Family Fun Night on Saturday, February 18 from 4:00-7:00 at the elementary school. This is open to GES & GMS families for an afternoon/evening of sledding, dancing, obstacle course, crafts, and pizza.

Both budget deliberative sessions are next week; Tuesday is for the town and Thursday is for the school.  Please go to our website to view the Gilford School District Budget Presentation and please attend both sessions to have your voices heard.

Gilford and Belmont are co-hosting a boys/girls B basketball tournaments.  The girls will take place at Belmont Middle School while GMS hosts the boys tourney.  This takes place next Thursday and Friday.

I have also attached the agenda for Monday night’s School Board Meeting.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday = Nordic Ski Meet (10:30)

Monday = Girls/Boys A Basketball (3:30/4:45); Unified Basketball at Laconia (3:30); School Board Meeting (6:00)

Tuesday = Nordic Ski Meet at Kearsarge (2:30); PTA Meeting (6:30)  please note the time change; Town Budget Deliberative Session (7:00)

Wednesday = Boys B/A Basketball (3:30/5:00); Girls B/A Basketball at Winnisquam (3:30/5:00)

Thursday = Winter Carnival at Gunstock and Merry Fay Ice Arena; Alpine Ski Race (9:00); School Budget Deliberative Session (7:00)

Friday = Grade 7 & 8 Dance (7:00-8:30)

Thank you and go Patriots!!!



posted Jan 30, 2017, 11:15 AM by Suzanne Bowen

GHS/GMS Chess Club between March 7th and April 18th has been cancelled. On February 7th there will be a little party for the chess club members for their achievements. They will be given a flyer too, to remind them that the next the club meets is May 2nd.

Any questions/comments please feel free to contact:
Joe Maslow M.Ed
GHS 12th Grade Case Manager '16-17
GHS Life Skills Special Educator/ Case Manager
GHS/GMS Chess Advisor
GMS Tennis Coach
Voicemail 524-7146 ext. 356
phone 524-7135 ext. 356

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